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  • "Great American Main Street Award® Winner"
    - National Main Street Center, Inc. 2016
  • "The South's Best Small Towns 2017"
    - Southern Living Magazine 2017
  • "4th Best Summer Weekend Escape"
    - USA Today Travel 2014

  • "4th Best Underground Attraction"
    - USA Today 2016 - Consolidated Gold Mine
  • "Best Wine Town Runner Up, Southern Dream Towns"
    - Garden & Gun Magazine 2012
  • "10th Best Historic Small Town"
    - USA Today 2016
  • "10th Best Course You Can Play in Georgia - Achasta"
    - Golfweek Magazine
  • "Dahlonega: Small-town Escape"
    - Southern Living Magazine 2012
  • "Wine Tasting Room Capital of Georgia"
    - Georgia's State Senate Resolution 2015

  • "National Main Street City"
    - National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • "Official Appalachian Trail Community"
    - Appalachian Trail Conservancy 2010
  • "Georgia's Premier Sports Cycling Community"
    - Georgia General Assembly Resolution 2005
  • "Site of First Major U.S. Gold Rush"
    - Thousands of Miners, 1829-1849
  • "Great American Main Street Award® Winner"
    - National Main Street Center, Inc. 2016
  • "The South's Best Small Towns 2017"
    - Southern Living Magazine 2017
  • "4th Best Summer Weekend Escape"
    - USA Today Travel 2014

  • "4th Best Underground Attraction"
    - USA Today 2016 - Consolidated Gold Mine
  • "Best Wine Town Runner Up, Southern Dream Towns"
    - Garden & Gun Magazine 2012
  • "10th Best Historic Small Town"
    - USA Today 2016
  • "10th Best Course You Can Play in Georgia - Achasta"
    - Golfweek Magazine
  • "Dahlonega: Small-town Escape"
    - Southern Living Magazine 2012
  • "Wine Tasting Room Capital of Georgia"
    - Georgia's State Senate Resolution 2015

  • "National Main Street City"
    - National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • "Official Appalachian Trail Community"
    - Appalachian Trail Conservancy 2010
  • "Georgia's Premier Sports Cycling Community"
    - Georgia General Assembly Resolution 2005
  • "Site of First Major U.S. Gold Rush"
    - Thousands of Miners, 1829-1849

Gardens & Parks

If you are looking for the perfect location for a family picnic, a quiet reading nook, or some fun in the sun with family and friends, Dahlonega and Lumpkin County are home to several delightful parks. Featuring beautiful scenery, historic artifacts, benches and picnic tables, sports courts and fields, and walking trails, our community parks range from intimate garden settings to full-scale recreational parks. In search of more outdoor adventures? Dahlonega is a short drive from incredible state parks, including Amicalola Falls State Park, Smithgall Woods State Park, and Unicoi State Park.

Gardens

Gibbs Gardens, Ball Ground, GA

Gibbs Gardens  (770) 893-1881
   1987 Gibbs Drive, Ball Ground, Georgia 30107
  www.gibbsgardens.com

  Admission fee charged. No fee for parking. Café on site.

Just an easy 45 minute drive from Dahlonega is Gibbs Gardens, 220 acres of artistically landscaped gardens surrounded by majestic forest, spring-fed ponds, streams, waterfalls and bridge crossings. Designed to offer four seasons of color, there are sixteen garden venues. The season kicks off with Daffodils in March, over 20 million. Other highlights include the Manor House Gardens with lush terraces and the Monet Waterlily Gardens with 140 varieties of waterlilies, The Japanese Gardens, feature a collection of Japanese maples and 40 handcrafted lanterns. Ferns, roses, hydrangeas, azaleas, rhododendrons, dogwoods, daylilies and wildflowers are also featured.

Local Parks

Hancock Park

Hancock Park, located in Historic Downtown Dahlonega at North Meaders Street and Warwick Street, features a wood and timber pavilion perfect for concerts and special events. Hancock Park holds concerts, outdoor movies, the farmers market, activities during Dahlonega’s many festivals, and the 1875 Chestatee River Diving Bell Exhibit Plaza gold mining attraction. Hancock Park is located just of the square at the corner of North Park Street and Warwick Street. Hancock Park offers a place for residents and visitors to gather. It is used not only as a relaxing green space but also has a newly built pavilion that is used for downtown events and festivals. The park has large pecan trees, adult swings, and is home to the City of Dahlonega's Maibaum Tree, a visual depiction of the city's history. 

Conner Park

Conner Park is a beautiful peaceful green space northwest of the downtown Dahlonega public square, at the corner of Warwick Street and North Chestatee Street. The small passive park includes gardens, benches, a central fountain, and the town's little free library!

Madeleine K. Anthony Park

Madeleine Anthony Park is located at the corner of South Chestatee Street and Morrison Moore Parkway (Parking on Park Street). This park was named for Madeleine K. Anthony for her historic preservation and tourism development efforts along with her dedicated public service to the City of Dahlonega, Georgia. The park includes a public picnic pavilion, beautiful trees, and flowering bushes all next the city's entrance way replica Gold Stamp Mill with interpretive sign.

City of Dahlonega Park

The City of Dahlonega has delightful public parks. City of Dahlonega Park, adjoining City Hall at 427 Riley Road, provides a walking trail, two covered picnic areas, and children's playground equipment.

Lumpkin County Park

Adjacent to the City Park on Riley Road is the 26-acre Lumpkin County Park, at 1325 Mechanicsville Road, that includes athletic fields and picnic pavilions as well as a 24,000 square-foot community center. The 60-acre sports complex includes basbell fields, softball fields, batting cage, and a recreation center with basketball court and several multi-purpose/banquet rooms available for rental.

Yahoola Creek Park

Yahoola Creek Park, at 1166 Captain McDonald Road, features a 1.5-mile walking trail with two outdoor pavilions as well as tennis courts, baseball fields, softball fields, soccer fields, an outdoor classroom, and concessions and restroom facilities. There are two areas of playgrounds, and a popular 18-whole Disc Golf Course. Picnic areas with picnic tables are located along beautiful Yahoola Creek.

Lumpkin County Parks & Recreation

Lumpkin County Parks & Recreation also maintains a public swimming pool at 56 Mechanicsville Road. A 2.8-mile walking trail around Lake Zwerner begins at 1680 Morrison Moore Parkway.

Amicalola Falls State Park

Amicalola Falls  (800) 573-9656
  418 Amicalola Falls Lodge Road, Dawsonville, GA 30564
  www.gastateparks.org/Amicalola

Just a short drive from Dahlonega is one of Georgia's most admired and visited state parks - Amicalola Falls State Park. Amicalola is a Cherokee word that means "tumbling waters" and refers to the 729-foot waterfall located at the park - the tallest east of the Mississippi River.

An 8.5-mile approach trail leads from the park to Springer Mountain at the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail. Numerous other trails are also available for shorter hikes.

The stunning lodge is popular with guests who prefer first-class amenities and convenient comforts, while a 5-mile hike leads to a one-of-a-kind lodging experience at the Len Foote Hike Inn.

Smithgall Woods State Park & Cottages

Smithgall Woods  (706) 878-3087
   61 Tsalaki Trail, Helen, GA 30545
  www.gastateparks.org/SmithgallWoods

North Georgia's premier trout stream, Dukes Creek, runs through this 5,644-acre property and is perfect for catch-and-release fishing. Five miles of trails and 18 miles of roads allow hikers and bicyclists to explore. Trout fishing is offered only on certain days.

The cottages at Smithgall Woods provide an elegant mountain retreat perfect for romantic getaways, intimate weddings, and outings with friends. Five beautifully decorated cottages provide a total of 14 bedrooms with private baths and modern amenities. A 1-mile trail leads from the cottages to Dukes Creek Falls.

Unicoi State Park & Lodge

Unicoi State Park  (800) 573-9659
   1788 Highway 356, Helen, GA 30545
  www.unicoilodge.com

Situated on 1,063 acres between the Chattahoochee National Forest and the Alpine village of Helen, Unicoi State Park is a secluded retreat for business meetings, family gatherings, or retreats. Hiking boots are the preferred mode of transportation at Unicoi State Park, the ultimate retreat for those fishing for an outdoor adventure. The lodge boasts spacious conference rooms and 100 guest rooms with mountain views. Guests can enjoy the park's 12 miles of nature and hiking trails lake and trout stream fishing, lighted tennis courts, softball and volleyball area, picnic facilities, mountain biking, and a year-round schedule of activities.

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